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Autumn term

Exciting news! In our vehicle this term we will working with Hygge coffee shop in Tean to design a new milkshake flavour! Get your thinking hats on. 




Our Autumn term learning.

Our RE units this term starts with Old Testament stories. We look at some classic ones such as Jonah and the Whale, Daniel and the lion’s den and David and Goliath. We then move on to sharing in the life of Jesus where we think about important people in his life and important experiences for him. We also think about how this can have an impact on our own lives and how Jesus wants us to follow the path God sets for us. We will then be thinking about the importance of advent on the lead up the Christmas celebrations, with a focus on the symbols of advent and how we can ensure we are prepared to celebrate Christmas as true Catholics.


We start in September with a book called ‘Dear Teacher’ which will enable us to talk about worries, concerns and anything that excites us about being in a new class. We will then do a 2 week poetry unit studying classic poetry by Edward Lear and have lots of fun reciting famous poems. Towards Christmas we will be having a school visit linked to our history topic which will then mean we will spend some time writing a non-chronological report and think about some letter writing skills as we write to the company who pay us a visit. Throughout the term we will enjoy a range of texts as our ‘reading for pleasure’ focus is books by the author Sue Hendra!




During this term we will be covering:


Unit 1 – Numbers to 100

Unit 2 –  Addition and subtraction (1)

Unit 3 – Addition and subtraction (2)

Unit 4 – Money

Unit 5 – Multiplication and Division



In Science we are exploring the world of animals and thinking about habitats, food chains and how animals survive. We will then move on to a materials topic where our focus is the properties of different materials and what they can be used for.


In Geography we are learning all about the UK and its countries. We will be thinking about the capital cities as well as features of each of the places.  We will also be thinking about a costal part of the UK and making some comparisons with a particular focus on human and physical features of a costal part of the UK and Tean.  


A Y2 favourite for history- The Great Fire of 1666. We make contrasts between then and now which are so clear. We also gain experience of using historical evidence to reconstruct the past and work on developing our understanding of cause and consequence. We also think carefully about the empathetic element of the great fire.  We must never forget that though the death toll was incredibly low, thousands lost their homes and valued possessions and had to live for years in primitive temporary tented communities while their houses were re-built. We also have a look at how London was redesigned and get children to think about why certain changes were made. 


In Art we are studying the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh. We will study some of his most famous pieces of artwork such as sunflowers and starry night and have a go at creating our own versions.


Design and Technology
We will investigate how to make a moving monster the first part of the half term and then after half term we will be making a wallet/purse to keep money safe- using a fabric cut out, we will use a simple running stitch to join two pieces together before decorating the front of it.


PE is on a Wednesday (outside) where we will be doing a fundamental movement skills unit (running, hopping, skipping, jumping!). On a Friday we will do an indoor PE lesson which will focus on dance skills.


We will be investigating pulse, pitch and note duration (long and short).  Our unit focus is: Music that helps us make friends! What music do we like to dance to?  We will be learning songs based around this theme. We will also continue to learn to play the glockenspiel to develop our improvisation and composition skills. 


We will starting the term with thinking about how we can stay safe online before moving on to searching using the internet and making music.